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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need some help with a crappy tile floor on: October 20, 2006 01:45:53 PM
The house I am moving into next week has a REALLY REALLY bad tile floor in the kitchen - a lot of the tiles are broken and loose, and a lot of the grout is missing.  Whoever put this down had no idea what they were doing.

I want to completely rip out the tiles and replace it with something else.  I have a horrible suspicion that they tiled right on top of the sub floor, but I won't know for sure until I actually start the demo.

So, first question is:  what's the best way to start to fix this?  I anticipate problems removing whatever they glued the tiles down with, as well as removing the grout that is firmly in place.

I'll take a picture and post it as soon as I get there.

Haha...........and this is just Room #1 that I have to work on! 
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Any ideas for Theme Trees? on: October 14, 2006 08:21:32 AM
So................. .I'm moving halfway across the country in less than two weeks, and I have a million things to do and a gazillion things on my mind, but it seems like Christmas is a prevalent thought, right now.

This year will be my first real Christmas in quite a few years, and I am so excited about it!

One of my old traditions that I am going to revive is to put up several Christmas trees - we'll have the main one, and I will put up several smaller ones throughout the house.  I think I will have a mix of small Norfolk Pines (a tropical "Christmas" tree that is a great houseplant, too) as well as small dowel trees, etc.

I like to have theme trees.  Some of the ones I am planning this year:  a blue and white tree (saw one somewhere, and it was stunning - very wintry looking), a tree themed around the kitties I am moving in with (mice ornaments, cat ornaments, fish ornaments, things like that), a "wish" tree (everyday, each person writes a wish or a good thought on a piece of paper, and ties it on the tree with a piece of ribbon.....they get opened and read on Christmas morning).

I've also made fishing trees in the past (raided my ex's tackle box and used all his cool looking lures), cookie trees, "fruit" trees (took apples, lemons, limes, kumquats, pomegranates, etc., tied ribbon around them, and tied them on the tree).

Does anyone else have any themes they would like to share?

~ Ryanne
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Eclectic Academy on: October 04, 2006 09:59:21 AM
I'm not sure if this is the best spot to post this - moderators, please move it if you need to!

I wanted to recommend an online "school" that I found a while ago.  I have taken three courses through Eclectic Academy.  I think all of the courses are 6 weeks long, and only cost $20.00.

They have a wide variety of courses to choose from - everything from bookbinding to digital scrapbooking to MS Word to Creative Writing to Photography, and lots of other stuff in between.

The three courses that I took were taught very professionally, and I got a lot out of them.

There is a new semester starting on Nov. 5, and you can enroll right now.

I think I will be taking Beginning Bookmaking, Creative Writing, and possibly Beginning Watercolor this semester.

I just thought I'd share this with everyone.

Here's the link: 

www.eclecticacademy .com
4  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Drilling glass? on: September 15, 2006 12:21:34 PM
I'd like to drill some holes in some glass pieces.  Has anyone done this before?  Any tips or suggestions would be greatly appreciated before I just jump into this.

Thanks!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Another copyright/trademark question on: August 23, 2006 05:45:13 AM
I have wondered this for a long time, and can't seem to find any good advice on this topic.

If I take a photo or a scan of an item that is trademarked (for example:  M&M's, Crayola crayons, etc.), can I then use the photo or scan in projects to sell?  Am i legally allowed to sell the photo or scan, itself?

Thank you!

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Glass marble push pins/tacks - technique help needed on: August 22, 2006 04:51:52 AM
Hello all -

I wasn't quite sure where to post this, but this looked like the best place.

I'd like to make some push pins/tacks out of glass marbles, but I am drawing a blank on how to attach the tack part to the marble.

What glue is best?  Should I try gluing it to thumbtacks, or.................?

Any help anyone can give me would be appreciated.

Thank you!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / New Beginnings Ideas Needed for Christmas on: August 18, 2006 06:16:35 PM
I am SO glad that I found this site!  Finally - people that think outside the box!  Yay!

I'm a very crafty, imaginative gal, and I promise that I will post some of my own ideas, but I have an unusual situation, this year.  My boyfriend and I will be moving in together in early November - this will be our first holidays together.

Both of us have had it kind of rough in life, and we are both looking forward to our new beginnings, together.  We are both estranged from our families, and we've lost a lot of our own personal histories.

What I would like to do is to make an ornament for each of us, for every year since our birth years - re-making our histories, so to speak.  I am a little stumped on ideas, though.  I want them all to be as original and as special as possible.

I have a ton of craft stuff to work with, and am not so broke that I can't go buy some additional supplies.  I would like to work in many different mediums.  The only things I can't really do are knitting, crocheting and machine sewing.

These will be our special, keepsake ornaments.  I have tons of ideas for general "filler" ornaments.

Thanks for your help!

P.S.  Please keep in mind that we have no family photos, etc., to use in these
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